The I.T. Leader’s First Days Resources

In my book, The I.T. Leader’s Fist Days, I include a section about the resources I mention in the book. This page is a duplicate of that page so you can follow links as you wish. There are currently no links to these books so you can buy them from whatever bookstore you normally use.books,

  • The I.T. Leaders’ Handbook, John A. Bredesen
  • is a website targeting IT leaders of small-to-medium-sized organizations, typically $1M-$300M in revenue.
  • First, Break All The Rules, Marcus Buckingham & Curt Coffman
  • Now, Discover Your Strengths, Marcus Buckingham & Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D.
  • StrengthsFinder 2.0, Tom Rath
  • The First 90 Days, Michael Watkins
  • Part 1 of The Everyday Astronaut Elon Musk interview. In a video interview on Everyday Astronaut, a highly recommended YouTube channel for anyone interested in rockets and space travel, Elon Musk talks about organizations being cruise missiles instead of cannonballs. The three-part interview is well worth the watch, but the cruise missile comment comes in Part 3 at about 15:55.

Leadership books, like most self-help books, will have some good points and some points that don’t resonate with you. That’s ok. No leadership book, including this one, will be perfect. Take the concepts and ideas that make sense to you and leave the rest. The books I list below look at leadership from a generic point of view. Any leader in any type of organization can find something helpful in each book.

  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey
  • Gung Ho!, Ken Blanchard & Sheldon Bowles
  • The New One Minute Manager, Ken Blanchard & Spencer Johnson
  • Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, Angela Duckworth
  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni
  • Crucial Conversations, Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, & Al Switzler
  • Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg
  • Who Moved My Cheese?, Spencer Johnson
  • How To Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie